Poverty and Obesity

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Poverty and Obesity: Why the Government is to Blame

Poverty and Obesity Many people believe the American government to be corrupt and run by people who do not deserve the positions they are in and while this may be true, there are bad facts that point in their direction when it comes to certain things. One of those things includes the epidemic of obesity ultimately linked to poverty caused by the government and the food industry that is run by the government as well. Over a short amount of time the American government managed to sink their claws into the food industry, turning it into something it should never have become and making farmers poor in the process. As the government digs into the industry more and more, it makes …show more content…

What gets a steer from 80 to 1,100 pounds in fourteen months are tremendous quantities of corn, protein and fat supplements, and an arsenal of new drugs (Pollan, 71).” This is borderline animal cruelty, as they are force feeding these animals unhealthy feed and this feed transfers over to our bodies when we consume their meat. Corn, a crop that the government is forcing farmers to grow so they can keep their farms, is the ingredient that is causing obesity in humans and animals alike. Beyond the government’s involvement in the obesity and poverty epidemic, they are causing other health issues by allowing the USDA to sell these tainted products to American people, not caring that it is causing heart problems, weight issues, and death. Using the fast food industry as an example, who are the major purchasers of corn and corn products, the USDA (a branch of the government) allows a certain amount of ingredients that could potentially kill you if you consumed enough of them. The Chicken McNugget is the biggest example of this, using Pollan’s research as an example, there are 38 ingredients in a nugget but the deadliest one is one called tertiary butyl hydroquinone which is a type of butane derived from petroleum and it is used on the nugget to preserve its freshness. From the Omnivore’s Dilemma, “According to A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives, TBHQ is a form of butane (i.e., lighter fluid) the FDA allows processors to use sparingly in our food: It

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